Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

We defected to Michigan

To get some learnin’

Good friends, good times

Might have to go again.

Clover, Bee, and Revery

 Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea.

This past weekend, we took a 5 hour drive up to East Lansing, Michigan at the MSU campus for the Michigan Beekeepers Conference.  Since Pete and Laurie originally hail from Michigan, and her twin sister and brother-in-law keep bees there, we all decided to go together.  We drove up Thursday night, so we would be ready for the opening of the conference at 9:00am Friday morning.

We heard Dr. Larry Connor speak about always having at least 2 and 1/2 hives, so you have a nuc ready in case one hive does not do well.  After the keynote speaker.  We split up and went to different workshops.  We got amazing formation on products from the hive, hive temperature and insulation, making splits, removing swarms, queens and apitherapy.  We dined for breakfast and lunch Friday and Saturday at the fabulous student cafeteria – like a huge food court.  We certainly didn’t eat like that when we were in college!  And of course, had great conversation with fellow beekeepers, about what we were all learning and what we planned for the coming year.

After volunteering for bee sting therapy (Jeannie, Steve and Pete) we headed home Saturday evening, really pumped for the coming year of beekeeping.  One thing we plan to do is to try to free up our Wednesday nights so we can attend the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association meetings more regularly.  And we have big plans to make health and skin care bee products to sell.  We are amazed at the health  properties of hive products! Stay tuned for our upcoming Hive and Honey BEEpothecary line of supplements and skin care!

Philippians 4

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.